Orchard County make long trip to Cork

Armagh’s encounter with Cork this weekend is a dead rubber for the Orchard County as they are already promoted.

Armagh have booked their place in the league final while Cork are safe from relegation. But the Rebels will be wary of slipping into the Tailteann Cup, not matter how unlikely that is.

Both teams will likely want to finish the league on a high. Armagh are currently unbeaten while Cork have won three of their last four games.

With a league final and the championship just around the corner, it’s a perfect chance for Armagh to continue building momentum.

And they could also get minutes into the legs that need it. Even if Kieran McGeeney does decide to play a second-string team, Armagh’s second string is fairly strong.

The O’Neill brothers, Oisin and Rian, have been bit-part players so far in the league. Shane McPartlan hasn’t even got a look in.

Jarly Og Burns was an unused sub against Cavan. The Cullyhanna trio, Ross McQuillan, Jason Duffy and Aidan Nugent, have been in and out.

Niall Grimley has yet to take the field having returned from injury while Tiernan Kelly has got game time here and there.

Ethan Rafferty is on his way back from injury as well and could be in with a shout of playing. Ciaran Mackin missed the last day out but could be an option.

sGeezer might not want to change things up too much on Saturday. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it and all that.

Still, he has plenty of options to call upon and the main focus will be to continue their impressive unbeaten run.

Armagh’s encounter with Cork this weekend is a dead rubber for the Orchard County as they are already promoted.
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Cork’s championship date is actually closer than Armagh’s as they take on Limerick on the 7th of April.

Their league campaign has yielded three wins and three defeats so far. Like Armagh, they’ll be keen to finish on a high in their last competitive outing before the business end.

It could lead to an entertaining encounter of free-flowing football with no pressure on the line.

Whatever way it pans out, the large crowd of travelling Orchard supporters are sure to enjoy their weekend away!